1. Friday Squid Blogging: COVID-19 Found on Chinese Squid Packaging

    I thought the virus doesn’t survive well on food packaging:

    Authorities in China’s northeastern Jilin province have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid, health authorities in the city of Fuyu said on Sunday, urging anyone who may have bought it to get themselves tested.

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here.

  2. CEO of NS8 Charged with Securities Fraud

    The founder and CEO of the Internet security company NS8 has been arrested and “charged in a Complaint in Manhattan federal court with securities fraud, fraud in the offer and sale of securities, and wire fraud.”

    I admit that I’ve never even heard of the company before.

  3. Iranian Government Hacking Android

    The New York Times wrote about a still-unreleased report from Chckpoint and the Miaan Group:

    The reports, which were reviewed by The New York Times in advance of their release, say that the hackers have successfully infiltrated what were thought to be secure mobile phones and computers belonging to the targets, overcoming obstacles created by encrypted applications such as Telegram and, according to Miaan, even gaining access to information on WhatsApp. Both are popular messaging tools in Iran. The hackers also have created malware disguised as Android applications, the reports said...

  4. Documented Death from a Ransomware Attack

    A Dusseldorf woman died when a ransomware attack against a hospital forced her to be taken to a different hospital in another city.

    I think this is the first documented case of a cyberattack causing a fatality. UK hospitals had to redirect patients during the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, but there were no documented fatalities from that event.

    The police are treating this as a homicide.

  5. Interview with the Author of the 2000 Love Bug Virus

    No real surprises, but we finally have the story.

    The story he went on to tell is strikingly straightforward. De Guzman was poor, and internet access was expensive. He felt that getting online was almost akin to a human right (a view that was ahead of its time). Getting access required a password, so his solution was to steal the passwords from those who’d paid for them. Not that de Guzman regarded this as stealing: He argued that the password holder would get no less access as a result of having their password unknowingly “shared.” (Of course, his logic conveniently ignored the fact that the internet access provider would have to serve two people for the price of one.)...

  6. Amazon Delivery Drivers Hacking Scheduling System

    Amazon drivers — all gig workers who don’t work for the company — are hanging cell phones in trees near Amazon delivery stations, fooling the system into thinking that they are closer than they actually are:

    The phones in trees seem to serve as master devices that dispatch routes to multiple nearby drivers in on the plot, according to drivers who have observed the process. They believe an unidentified person or entity is acting as an intermediary between Amazon and the drivers and charging drivers to secure more routes, which is against Amazon’s policies...

  7. Former NSA Director Keith Alexander Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors

    This sounds like a bad idea.

  8. Friday Squid Blogging: Nano-Sized SQUIDS

    SQUID news:

    Physicists have developed a small, compact superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) that can detect magnetic fields. The team l focused on the instrument’s core, which contains two parallel layers of graphene.

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here.

  9. Nihilistic Password Security Questions

    Posted three years ago, but definitely appropriate for the times.

  10. Matt Blaze on OTP Radio Stations

    Matt Blaze discusses (also here) an interesting mystery about a Cuban one-time-pad radio station, and a random number generator error that probably helped arrest a pair of Russian spies in the US.

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